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Camden Yards kicked off the trend for “retro-style” ballparks being built for MLB teams, with the Orioles moving into the stadium in 1992, and has been a firm favourite since.

With the departure of the Baltimore Colts NFL team to Indianapolis in 1984 and the trend for multi-use stadiums in decline it was decided by both city and state officials that a new, baseball-only stadium was needed to keep the Orioles in the city. After turning down the idea of a modern stadium, city officials approved a “retro-style” design which they hoped would be more popular with fans.

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They were right – by 2012 only two baseball parks (Rogers Centre in Toronto and the Oakland Alameda Coliseum) weren’t baseball only with many other new baseball parks aiming to copy the retro feel of Camden Yards.

One of the features of the ballpark is the B&O Warehouse, which sits across Eulaw Street from right field. Rather than demolish or truncate it, the warehouse was incorporated into the design of the field, with offices, service spaces, and a private club now within its walls. Eulaw Street below is closed to vehicular traffic, and is open to spectators to view the game and the shops that line the thoroughfare.

While the street adjacent to the stadium is closed to ticket-holding spectators only on gameday, it is opened up the rest of the time giving tourists a close up look of the ballpark. One of the features of the street is the small bronze plaques embedded into the street marking where homers have landed since Camden Yards opened. Only Ken Griffey Jr has managed to hit the warehouse, doing so in the 1993 home run derby.

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